78% of teachers believe data helps validate where students are and where they can go
Teachers want to give feedback in the moment right as misconceptions become clear. Every minute counts while teaching. The time it takes to manipulate or analyze data is time teachers don’t have.
I get a flood of data but making it something I can act on is the tough part. It needs to be actionable at the speed of teaching and learning, so it can be used real-time in the classroom. Chris | Leap Innovations | Chicago, IL
Provide data to teachers in class, as they teach, in order to close the gap between instruction, feedback, and learning.
Simply categorizing content relative to the Common Core State Standards does not help teachers understand which ‘key concepts’ students have mastered or struggle with.
My ideal would be if I just put in some data and it automatically determined which standard it was matching up with. And then, when I entered all the scores for that test, it automatically would just pop out. Cathy | Elementary ELA | East Bay, CA
Provide enough granularity to quickly determine which specific skill students are mastering or failing to comprehend.
Single points of data reduce students to a score rather than reveal the trends about their progress teachers most care about.
We want to get half our kids to the 75th percentile... If we’re going to be able to get them there we have to be able to better communicate to teachers and students where they are and where they we want them to be. Chris | Director of Research | Chicago, IL
Use data to confirm that every student has the potential be more than today’s data point. Connect present and past data points so teachers can see how students are progressing relative to where they started.
Formative data gives a sense of how my own kids are progressing and summative data tells me how they did. Teachers want to use other teachers’ data to know how kids similar to theirs changed their learning trajectories.
I want a company to be able to tell me “if kids do X, there's a Y percent chance of Z outcome" and very few companies can do that. They just don't have that research yet. But it's very powerful, to a kid or a teacher, if you have that. Barton | Principal | Chicago, IL
Combine formative, summative and normative data to highlight points of successful intervention that might shift the course of learning from one trajectory to another.